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Mark H. Jacobsen ’72

Mark H. Jacobsen ’72, October 21, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia, from cardiac complications related to type 1 diabetes. Mark earned a BA from Reed and a PhD at UC Irvine in history. He also studied at the University of London for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship. He taught military history for 21 years at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, and was coauthor of the first scholarly account of the Royal Navy in the Pacific War, Old Friends New Enemies: The Royal Navy & the Imperial Japanese Navy, Volume 2. “Always curious to learn about other cultures, he particularly enjoyed working with students from allied nations around the world.” Mark is remembered as an exceptionally generous man and a natural teacher with a passion for books. He lived with type I diabetes for nearly 50 years. Survivors include three brothers, a sister-in-law, and three nephews, who were a great joy in Mark’s life.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2014

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